This unit introduces students to Biblical Hebrew as a basis for enhanced study of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) and for further study of Biblical Hebrew. Its primary focus is foundational Hebrew vocabulary, grammar and syntax. Translation of selected biblical texts into English is an important component of the subject.

Unit code: AL8600A

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Languages

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate knowledge of a basic Biblical Hebrew vocabulary


Identify the fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew grammar and syntax


Translate basic Biblical Hebrew using lexicographical aids


Employ their knowledge to read critical exegetical commentaries on biblical texts


Lectures, classroom discussion, guided reading from set texts, additional reading resources and notes

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brown, Francis, Driver, S and Briggs, C. A Hebrew and English lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996
  • Chisholm, R. B. Jr., From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.
  • Clines, David J A (ed.). The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew. (2 vols) Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009
  • Fields, Lee. Hebrew for the Rest of Us. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008
  • Holladay, William L., A Concise Hebrew and Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament. Leiden: E J Brill, 1989
  • Joüon, P. and Muraoka, T, A Grammar of Biblical Hebrew rev. ed.; Rome: Editrice Pontificio Instituto Biblico, 2006.
  • Kelley, Page H. Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992
  • Kelley, Page H., Burden, T and Crawford, T. A Handbook to Biblical Hebrew. An Introductory Grammar. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.
  • Ross, A. P. Introducing Biblical Hebrew. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001 (recommended for purchase)


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Grammar assignment – 1000 words

1000 20.0

Written Assessment Task – Weekly exercises 5000 words equiv

5000 80.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000